When I sat down to write Solo By Choice, I was surprised to find little information on the issues related to leaving a law firm, from negotiating benefits to notifying clients with the exception of Dennis Kennedy‘s excellent chapter in the ABA’s book, Flying Solo. Thus, I devoted a section of SBC to these issues, and used the chapter as a springboard for this new material in this article for this month’s issue of The Complete Lawyer, which begins:
Most law students and lawyers know quite a bit about finding a job—how to write a compelling cover letter and an attention-grabbing resume, how to navigate tricky interview questions and how to make contacts who can help with the job search. With all the time we expend finding a job, it’s not surprising that we never focus on the flip side: leaving a job. Yet, how you leave your place of employment—whether it’s a firm, government or corporation—can have more of an effect on your career than what you actually do after you’re gone.